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8. Social Inclusion with Jeff Moyer

Jeff Moyer is a true twenty-first century renaissance man. He is an advocate for human rights, a songwriter, author, poet, playwright, television producer, documentarian, and writer of fiction, disability history, and memoirs. Moyer's music is the soundtrack for the American Disability Rights movement and his songs became the theme music for a BBC documentary on that movement. Moyer’s music and books are at work in schools and universities internationally, and he has been featured on the CBS evening news, 2020 in National Geographic, as a commentator on NPR, and has three times been invited to the White House.

We’re People First – The Jeff Moyer Show, completed 20 episodes as the only fully accessible program on YouTube or any television broadcast medium. The Show provides in perpetuity, a provocative, entertaining, and enlightening overview of disability, disability rights history, and access through interviews with disability leaders, Jeff’s original music, and his insightful commentaries and conversations with his wife Cristi. In 2022 Jeff will introduce Underdogs – A Book of Short Stories, and will produce an international Zoom concert with Paul Mugambi, a Kenyan disability rights musician, who is blind.

Moyer is blind as a result of Inverse Retinitis Pigmentosa which began to steel his sight beginning at age five. His brother Mark was born that same summer with a severe cognitive disability which resulted in his institutionalization at age eight. Moyer’s advocacy was forged in the fires of his struggles for accessibility and education, and his decades of work which resulted in Mark’s return to community through supported living. Mark died in 2014.

Moyer received his bachelor’s degree in Social Welfare with highest honors from University of California at Berkeley in 1975, and his master’s degree in Rehabilitation Administration from University of San Francisco in 1978. He has received phase I and phase II certification as a member of the Americans with Disabilities Act Implementation Network. Jeff Moyer's books, recordings of music, and disability history documentaries can be found at

In this episode, Diana and Jeff discuss the important things that kids need to know, and the things that adults can focus on for the best outcomes toward social inclusion. 

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Diana's Website

Free Resource - 5 Keys to Going Beyond Awareness 

Beyond Awareness: Bringing Disability into Diversity in K-12 Schools & Communities - Diana's Book

Ed Roberts: Champion of Disability Rights - Diana's Children's Book

"Beyond Awareness" Digital Course

Diana's TEDx Talk

Beyond Awareness Facebook Page

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Credits and Image Description

Intro and outro music courtesy of Emmanuel Castro.

Podcast cover photo by Rachel Schlesinger Photography.

Podcast cover image description: Black and white photograph of Diana, a Spanish-American woman with long, wavy, brown hair. She is wearing a flowy, white blouse and smiles at camera as she leans against wooden building. Photo is colorfully framed with gold and orange rays of seeming sunshine on top half, and with solid sage green color on bottom half. Text reads "Beyond Awareness: Disability Awareness That Matters, Diana Pastora Carson, M.Ed."